[LMB] OT: political "dynasties"/wealthy candidates (Was:
jparish at siue.edu
Wed, 18 Dec 2002 09:56:56 -0600
Diane Echelbarger wrote:
>Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin is another. I believe he makes a point
>of spending nobody's money but his own on his campaigns.
That's right, I forgot about him.
>But then, what can you expect from a state that elected both "Fighting
>Bob" LaFollette, the founder of the Progressive Movement, and Eugene
>McCarthy to national office? <G>
*Joe* McCarthy. Eugene was from Minnesota (and is far less of a
contrast with LaFollette).
>As for political dynasties, what about the Daleys of Chicago? Father
>and son were both elected mayor.
Oh, yes, there are plenty of others besides those I mentioned: the
Rockefellers, the Udalls, the Kennedys, the Browns (California), the
Lees, the Longs, the Talmadges, the Chafees... IIRC Howard Baker was Ev
Dirksen's son-in-law. But most dynasties entrench themselves in the
House of Representatives or the statehouse, and don't have much
national impact. Most are short-lived: a couple of FDR's sons went into
the House of Representatives, but none went further, and the next
generation of Kennedys has been rather unsuccessful.
I don't see them as a major problem.